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Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka set up Madrid Open final rematch | Tennis

Iga Swiatek easily defeated Madison Keys on Thursday to book a rematch with Aryna Sabalenka in the Madrid Open final.

Top-seeded Swiatek defeated her American opponent 6-1, 6-3 in just 70 minutes in Thursday’s semifinal. She has a chance to get revenge for her match against Sabalenka last year, when she came back from a set to defeat fourth-seeded Elena Rybakina 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Swiatek, who entered the tournament having won two out of the past three meetings, dominated Keyes from the start in his match against the 18th seed who defeated Ons Jabeur in the last eight, ending the opening round in 30 minutes. I set it. The world No. 1 broke early in the second set to take a 5-3 lead before breaking again for a commanding victory.

“I feel really good,” said Swiatek, who lost to Sabalenka 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in last year’s final. “I didn’t think too much about what happened last year. But it would be great to repeat this result. I think we’ll have a good match in two days. I’m really looking forward to it. Overall I’m excited about the whole tournament. I’m satisfied.”

In the second semifinal, Rybakina took the first set 6-1 and broke in the second set, looking on track for a comprehensive victory. But when serving for the match, Sabalenka turned the tide with a break. The defending champion then held his serve and got attached, then broke his serve again to create a deciding opportunity.

Aryna Sabalenka advanced to the final after a fierce battle with Elena Rybakina. Photo: Chema Moya/EPA

The third set went down to a tiebreak, with Sabalenka taking a 5-1 lead and converting three match points for a 6-3 lead. Rybakina dug in to save her first two shots, but an unstoppable serve sent her opponent over the line.

“It’s definitely going to be a great fight. We always fight as hard as we can,” Sabalenka said of the rematch with Swiatek. “It’s always a great match. I’m really looking forward to this final. I’m going to do my best to get this victory.”

In the men’s lottery, Daniil Medvedev He withdrew after one set in the quarterfinal match. Jiri Lehecka, joined by Jannik Sinner, who is absent due to injury. Medvedev had a problem with his upper right leg, but Lehechka won the first set 6-4. The Russian led the set 3-2 and then received treatment for his foot while leading 4-3.

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Rehechka took over after breaking Medvedev’s serve in the ninth game on his way to winning the final three games of the day as his opponent retired before the second set began. “It’s hard to say because I don’t feel it when I’m stretching, but when I move, I basically can’t move,” Medvedev reportedly told a trainer from the court.

“It’s never easy in a match like this,” Rehekka said after the match. “If I had to choose how to win this match, that’s not it.” The Czech hit two aces and won 15 of his 16 first service points to advance to his first ATP Masters semi-final. , they will compete there. Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The Canadian received a bye after Sinner withdrew before the last eight match due to a hip problem. In the other semi-final, Andrei Rublev, who eliminated Carlos Alcaraz, will face American Taylor Fritz.

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